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'Farewell ADLC’ committee seeking stories and photos for website

Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) is set to shut down permanently in June
ADLC May 22 web
The Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) in Barrhead is set to shut down at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, the result of the province’s decision last year to conclude the service agreement with Pembina Hills to operate the centre. The province had intended to terminate the service agreement in two years, but had only offered $7 million to operate the ADLC in 2021-2022, so the division opted to shut down the ADLC at the end of the current year.

BARRHEAD-A volunteer committee is looking for stories, photos and testimonials about the history of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) and the people who worked there with the intention of sharing them on a website that will serve as a tribute to the facility after its closure. 

Loya De Clercq, chair of the ADLC Farewell Committee, said it is very sad for those who have worked there over the years to have to close the centre down at the end of this school year. 

“I, personally, will have worked for ADLC for 20 years this summer,” she added. 

To honour the institution’s legacy and the relationships that were built there, the Farewell ADLC Committee was formed from volunteers and they have already created a website called adlcmemories.ca/

There isn’t much on the website right now, but the hope is to fill it out with stories and photos from the ADLC’s long history in Barrhead and its urban campuses. 

De Clercq said they plan to have the website stay live for two years, but they would like to have as much possible posted before the shutdown of the ADLC in June. 

Beyond a connection to the ADLC, De Clercq said they don’t have any guidelines about what people can contribute to the website. 

“We’ll take whatever is sent and try to make it work,” she added. 

Written submissions can be sent to adlcmemories@pembinahills.ca or to Gary Frederickson at gwfrederickson@gmail.com. Video submissions can also be recorded via the ADLC Memories website. 

When asked if the committee is planning any kind of farewell celebration, De Clercq said they are still finalizing those details. She noted the Alberta Teachers Association has given permission to host a Farewell ADLC event on its Zoom account.

Kevin Berger, TownandCountryToday.com



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